LOS ANGELES, January 3, 2022 — Los Angeles first responders’ top priority is to help others in harm’s way. For the 17th year since 2007, first responders will further their commitment to saving lives by bolstering the community’s blood supply. During the Battle of the Badges blood drive, LA County law and public safety agencies compete to see who can recruit the most blood donors.
Angelenos can join the fun and friendly competition at locations throughout Los Angeles by donating at a Battle of the Badges blood drive between Jan. 3, 2023, and March 31, 2023. Everyone who donates at a Battle of the Badges blood drive will receive a commemorative T-shirt, while supplies last.
“Day in, day out, first responders here in Los Angeles answer the call to save lives and during Battle of the Badges they go beyond the call of duty to help local patients in need of blood,” said Joanne Nowlin, CEO of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “They roll up their sleeves and inspire Angelenos to also donate and help save lives.”
More than 50,000 blood donations have been collected in Southern California since the Battle of the Badges blood drive began in 2007 by Mahagony Thomas of the United States Probation Office. Together we can work toward our 2023 goal of collecting 2,000 blood donations for patients in need. Join Los Angeles Chief of Police, Michel Moore as we encourage community members and badge-carrying agencies to participate in the 2023 campaign.